An Interesting Advertisement for a Printing Press (Which Also Inspired a Parody)

Hoe Double Octuple Newspaper Press — 1903 Model The July 1911 issue of Munsey’s Magazine ran an advertisement for a printing press by R. Hoe & Co., a printing press manufacturer. Instead of writing a usual product spiel, the company opted to turn the ad into a creative writing exercise: I am the printing press, […]

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Random Joke #19: Lucky 5

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” — W. C. Fields A 55-year-old man, who was born on the fifth of May, has been married for 5 years, has 5 children, makes $55,555.55 annually, whose lucky number is 5 receives a phone call from a friend. The friend […]

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Gleanings from the Past #79

Understanding Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy ready-made things in the shops. But since there are no shops where you can buy friends, men no longer have any friends. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943 What Is a Mirror? Then the cow asked: “What is a mirror?” “It is […]

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Chaos in English Pronunciation and Spelling

Dutch writer, poet, traveler, and teacher Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870 – 1946) wrote a remarkable poem aptly titled “The Chaos”. The poem demonstrates several of the most famous (and infamous) irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation.  Trenité managed to collect about 800 of those irregularities and versified them into this chaotic, albeit amusing poem. “The Chaos” […]

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Truth in Advertising

I am unable to verify the authenticity of the following story. Nevertheless, it’s quite interesting. When Frank Winfield Woolworth (the founder of F. W. Woolworth Company) first opened his store, a businessman in the area felt threatened. So, he advertised in the local paper. The ad read: DO YOUR LOCAL SHOPPING HERE. WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS […]

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Pun of the Weak: Wonky Donkey

Note: The following contains some parts which some readers may consider objectionable or offensive. Reader discretion is advised. Click to Show Content What do you call a donkey with one leg? A wonky donkey What do you call a donkey with one leg and one eye? A winky wonky donkey What do you call a […]

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Random Joke #18: Drinks?

I saw this on a newsgroup many years ago: At a high-class restaurant… Question: What would you like to have: Fruit juice, Soda, Tea, Chocolate, Milo, or Coffee? Answer: Tea, please. Question: Ceylon tea, Herbal tea, Bush tea, Honey bush tea, Ice tea or green tea? Answer: Ceylon tea. Question: How would you like it? […]

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Peculiar Index Cross-References

The index section of William Hawkins’ Treatise of Pleas of the Crown, a treatise on England’s criminal law published in 1716, contains some quaint and amusing cross-references: Assault, see Son. Chastity, see Homicide. Convicts, see Clergy. Death, see Appeal. King, see Treason. Shop, see Burglary. Sickness, see Bail.  

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Some of the Best Lame Analogies

A few days ago, I published a collection of strange lines from serious fiction manuscripts. This made me recalled that the Washington Post, in its Week 310 of “The Style Invitational”, ran a contest in which the participants were tasked to come up with the lamest analogy that they can. The entries were published on March […]

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Testimony from Beyond

The following is a transcript during the trial of a contest over two wills left by Mr. Walter of Arkansas: Q: When did you last see Walter? A: At the funeral. Q: Did he make any comment to you at that time? A: No. “I have wondered who might have been the most relieved that […]

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